Tis the Season – to Renew Your Membership!

By: William Ferguson

With the hustle towards the holidays already in full swing, you’ve probably already started to feel the squeeze of too much to do and not enough time. Did you notice they’re already playing Christmas carols on the radio? Pretty soon, if not already, your local stores will have all the Christmas decorations out and you’ll begin to feel the pressure to decorate your house long before Thanksgiving is here. We’re on the mad slide to a brand new year and you know what that means (for a lot of us)? Membership renewals! Continue reading “Tis the Season – to Renew Your Membership!”

What Do Wine and Membership Have in Common?

By: William Lessley

002A few years ago, I tried desperately to get “into” wine. Wine was the new thing that everyone was suddenly all about. There are so many choices when it comes to the vino; where do you begin? There are opinions on whether white wine is better than red, what pairs best with fish, beef, pork, or dessert, and if wine under $10 a bottle is even worthy of being considered “real wine”. If you ask 20 people which wine is the best white or red wine, you’ll get 50 different answers. Continue reading “What Do Wine and Membership Have in Common?”

Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success

By: John Ricco, CAE

The Thanksgiving holiday begins a time of year where we often take stock of our annual accomplishments and shortcomings and generate thoughts of grandeur for the upcoming year. Thanksgiving is time to express gratitude for the blessings we have to family, friends and colleagues. There two simple ways you can use the theme of Thanksgiving which, if you commit to and are willing to invest less than 1% of your time, will pay huge dividends in 2015 and beyond.

“No duty is more important than that of returning thanks.” – James Allen Continue reading “Mom Was Right: Two Simple Steps for Success”

Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer

By: Lauren Asbell, CMP

 It’s 9:00 a.m. Monday morning and your board has decided they want a brand new logo for the association.  Who you gonna call?  A GRAPHIC DESIGNER!

Ok, so I’m a designer, not a writer, but if that situation did happen a graphic designer would be the perfect person to call.  Below are some tips to successfully work with a designer. Continue reading “Tips for Working with a Graphic Designer”

Update Your Style #FixItFriday

By: William Lessley 

photo 1A small state trade association celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. Many associations, upon reaching such a milestone, will blow out their anniversary year and then retreat the following year. Often, they are recovering from the amount of money they spent celebrating. This is a mistake! You spent an entire year building momentum for your association and then just stop? Did the association cease to exist after this magical milestone was passed? Then, why would you go backwards? Continue reading “Update Your Style #FixItFriday”

My “Organized” Messy Life

By: Lauren Asbell

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Thank you to the anonymous friend who let me photograph her office, I will start organizing it tomorrow.

My mom would be the first to tell you that she never thought I would write a blog about organizing.  She loves to tell the story about cleaning my room when I was 5 and finding a half-eaten apple in the bottom of my toy box.  Yes, I was a messy child and it only got worse when I was a teenager.  My parents would bribe, threaten, and ground me just to get me to clean my room.

As an adult, I think I’ve gotten better.  Though there are still areas of my life that are not organized.  My friends often threaten to not only power wash the outside of my car, but also the inside.  Though my answer to that is if the zombie apocalypse ever happens we would survive in my car.  Of course, that’s a blog for another time. Continue reading “My “Organized” Messy Life”

I’ll Be There for You – 5 Things FRIENDS Taught Us About Association Management

By Lauren Millard

My all-time favorite show is “FRIENDS”.  It does not matter how many times I watch it, it always makes me laugh.  I quote it on a regular basis causing myself to crack up laughing.  What I didn’t know, was that reflecting on past episodes of “FRIENDS” would completely relate to association management and careers in general.  Stick with me while I go through the 5 things this classic sitcom taught me.

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The Dreaded Prospect List – Tips & Hacks

By William Lessley

If you’re anything like me, you see a lot of data on a day-to-day basis. Hopefully, the data you control (membership, meetings, donors, etc.) is orderly, contained, easily reviewed and manipulated. But what about the data you don’t control? Prospect lists, whether they are for membership recruitment, sponsorship opportunities, or even your very own custom-made drip campaign, can be a pure nightmare to deal with. Trust me, I’ve been dealing with membership recruitment and retention for the last 5+ years – I’ve seen it all. (And, if I haven’t, I don’t want to!) Continue reading “The Dreaded Prospect List – Tips & Hacks”